Quarter ♊ Gemini
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 23 August 2008 at 23:50 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1966" and ∠1898".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2008 after 22 days on 15 September 2008 at 09:13.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 106 of Meeus index or 1059 from Brown series.
Length of current 106 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 45 minutes. It is 2 hours and 29 minutes shorter than next lunation 107 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 59 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 10 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠39.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠64.9°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
12 days after point of apogee on 10 August 2008 at 20:18 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 August 2008 at 03:44 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 364 518 km (226 501 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 2 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 368 693 km (229 095 mi).
7 days after its ascending node on 16 August 2008 at 10:27 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 29 August 2008 at 10:30 in ♌ Leo.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous South standstill on 11 August 2008 at 22:13 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.611°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.596° in the next northern standstill on 25 August 2008 at 13:03 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 30 August 2008 at 19:58 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.